Christmas takes on a whole new meaning when we have kiddos doesn’t it? Everything is more magical and more exciting. I remember Big Sis’ first Christmas, she was only 10 months old and really had no idea what was going on but I pulled out all the stops. Each year it has become more fun and more magical. This year, at almost 4 years old, every aspect of Christmas has so much wonder and excitement behind it, including the story of Jesus’ birth. I love hearing her talk about Jesus’ birth and that he is no longer a baby but that he died on the cross and rose again for our sins. That’s what I had in mind when I created this craft for the little ones.
I love crafts and I love storytelling, so a craft that can live on through storytelling is my favorite. This is a craft that requires very little supplies, not much time and has tons of meaning. We did this at our mommy’s small group Christmas party and it was a hit!
Before I start explaining the craft, I have to tell you that I got the permission to use these amazing nativity character printables from Made by Joel. You have to check out his site. He has a full nativity scene that your kiddos can color and play with throughout the Christmas season. So fun! He also has an awesome book teaching you & your kiddos how to make handmade toys, and some other fun, FREE printables. I’m going to put the Paris Paper City in Big Sis’ stocking this year. You MUST check out his site!
Okay, now for this super easy craft. Here’s the low down:
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Crafting Time: 10 minutes (or more for older kids or kids who really want to get into coloring each piece)
Clean Up: <5 minutes
1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 Cardstock or Construction Paper
Nativity Characters Printable
Nativity Story Printable
1″ x 2 5/8″ Labels (if you want to print the story on labels, otherwise just print on paper and cut out)
Crayons, markers, &/or colored pencils
1. Have your kiddo color the Nativity Characters Printable. The great thing about coloring is that it gives you an opportunity to chat with your kids. They’re occupied coloring but can still talk and listen. Take this time to tell them who the characters are and talk about the birth of Jesus.
2. While your kiddo is coloring, fold the construction paper in thirds, horizontally, like an accordion. Cut in half to make two accordion books. If you’re only making one, save the other for another day, there are so many uses for those books!
3. When your kiddo is finished cutting, cut out each character. As you can see in mine, I didn’t cut them precisely on the line. It was faster to cut around them, and I actually like the way it looks.
4. Glue or place the first label on the front “page” of the book. Read the label aloud and determine which characters go with the words. Glue the corresponding characters on the front square. Move onto the middle square and glue or place the next label and it’s corresponding characters on. Continue with this until you’ve completed the whole book.
5. Take time to read the story to your kids. They will love that they just made their very own book. Encourage them to read it back to you in their own words.
6. Find a special place to display the book so that your little one can retell the story whenever they want.
Here’s pics of the front and back so you can see how the story should play out…
Did you try this craft? I’d love to know how it went! Let me know in the comments below.
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